Marilyn Manson may be best known for his music, but he has steadily been building his acting resumé, having portrayed Ron Tully on ‘Sons of Anarchy’. He also has a role in CBS All Access’ ‘The Stand’ and HBO’s ‘The New Pope’. But his upcoming role on Starz’ ‘American Gods’ isn’t much of a stretch. Manson will portray Johan Wengren, a “blood-thirsty” lead singer of the Viking death metal band Blood Death, which is a source of power for Ian McShane’s Mister Wednesday.
‘American Gods” latest showrunner, Chic Eglee stated:
“As a long-time admirer of his estimable talent as an author, artist, musician and actor, it is dope indeed to be working with Mr. Manson in Season 3 of American Gods. Bringing his specific energy, wit and boundless enthusiasm for all-things-Neil Gaiman to the role of Johan, a Norse ‘berserker’ in service to Odin, his performance promises to be disturbing, original and uniquely entertaining.”
Manson is coming aboard for a four-episode stint.
‘American Gods’ is based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman. The TV series was created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green who served as showrunners of the first season but departed due to creative differences. Jesse Alexander took over for the second season, with Eglee replacing him for Season 3.
The series stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, a human that finds himself embroiled in the affairs of gods. The cast also includes Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Bruce Langley as the Technical Boy, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, and Demore Barnes as Mr. Ibis. In addition to the mix-ups on the creative side of things, there have been some casting changes, with Gillian Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth departing after Season One.
Each season so far has consisted of eight episodes. The first season won the Saturn Award for its Blu-Ray release.